Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing (Emergency)

Course overview

  • 1 year part time
  • Mixed Attendance Mode (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Summer Intake - January and Winter Intake - June


Critical care nursing in an emergency environment requires specialised skills, knowledge and expertise to effectively assess, priortise and manage patients presenting with undifferentiated illness or injury.

Delivered through a highly flexible, mixed delivery mode and work-integrated learning model, with an emphasis on learning through supervised clinical practice, the Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing (Emergency) will arm you with the skills and evidence-based knowledge needed to provide specialist care in high-pressure constantly changing emergency department environment.

You will gain essential knowledge and enhance your problem-solving and clinical skills to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the provision of care for patients with complex care requirements using evidence-based and scientific approaches. You will become a confident communicator with the ability to ensure safe practice and support within an inter-professional team.

Be guided to put theory into practice

Designed to suit the needs of practicing nurses, our work-integrated learning model means you undertake a blended program of learning both online and in your own hospital, where you will be supported to apply emergency nursing knowledge and skills in clinical practice by nursing experts and educators. Being clinically and theoretically relevant, this model maximizes your learning opportunities, to enhance your confidence and knowledge in this specialty.

Course aims

This course aims to equip students with the specialised knowledge and clinical skills required to provide critical care to patients in emergency settings. It aims to provide you with a sound understanding of core concepts relating to acute illnesses, diseases and trauma in critical care, as well as the theoretical knowledge and scientific advances that underpin the management of patients requiring specialist emergency care.

On completion, you should have the clinical competencies to practice emergency nursing at a beginning competency level as benchmarked against Australian specialty practice competencies.

Who is this course for?

This course is for currently practicing registered nurses working in an emergency department setting who are interested in specialising in emergency nursing.

On successful completion of this course, you may be eligible for the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.